Melanoma is a really sad subject for me. It took the life of my mother back in November of 2012. My mother fought for her life for almost 3 years. Up until the time that my mother was diagnosed I had no idea what a beast melanoma really is. Until you’ve known somebody fighting this cancer, then you really don’t know what it’s all about. Melanoma is one of the only cancers that can attack every single organ in the body. I know this from my mom and from my research. My sister and I spent countless hours into the wee hours of the morning grasping at anything that we thought way a ray of hope to beat this monster. Unfortunately, the melanoma won. You can read one of my previous posts about my mom’s battle HERE. You can do a search in my sidebar for more posts on this topic.
I share my hope for a cure for melanoma here on my blog every year at this time. They are making some strides in treatment. However, there is still no cure and thousands die each year from this cancer. Prevention is needed so nobody gets melanoma in the first place. If you’ve ever had somebody close to you battle this or any disease then you probably wish that it had been prevented in the first place. Through my research I discovered a very large network of people who feel the same as I do. One of the people who I’ve connected with had a daughter pass away from melanoma. She has a blog and is a huge advocate for the banning of tanning beds. Her latest blog post can be found HERE.
Melanoma Monday is Monday, May 7th this year. This is a day to remember those lost to melanoma, to support those currently surviving and to help prevent melanoma from affecting others in the future. In addition, many hospitals and doctors are offering free skin cancer screenings. Check for one in your area. Early detection is the key to survival.
This year will be my 7th year walking in the AIM for Melanoma Walk for a Cure here in Dallas. It’s become a day each year for me to honor my mother’s life and her fight. If you want to donate to AIM at Melanoma, please use my link HERE. They have walks all over the country throughout the year. You can look at their website to see if they have one in your area.